Argentina – Culinary adventures in Buenos Aires and Mendoza
$2,857*PER PERSON – 6NIGHTS – AIR – TRANSFERS – HOTEL – BREAKFAST – TOURS
Taste your way through Argentina on this 6-night gastronomy tour! Taste some of the finest beef on the planet in Buenos Aires and sip a perfect Malbec in Mendoza.
- Round-trip economy class airfare to Buenos Aires (EZE), out of Mendoza (MDZ)
- All airport transfers
- 3 nights in Buenos Aires at the Hotel Bel Air, or similar
- Welcome bottle of wine
- Dinner at a local restaurant
- Buenos Aires city tour with wine tasting at El Querandi tango house (5-hours)
- One-way, economy class flight from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Mendoza (MDZ)
- 3 nights in Mendoza at the Amerian Executive Mendoza Hotel, or similar
- Wine tour in the Maipu or Lujan de Cuyo regions, with lunch (7-hours)
- Cooking class with lunch at Zuccardi Winery (4-hours)
- Breakfast daily
Great Ways to Explore
- Begin your trip in Buenos Aires, nicknamed the “Paris of South America” for its wide boulevards, chic restaurants and buzzing arts scene.
- Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Buenos Aires taking you to the city’s best neighborhoods: San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta and La Boca.
- Argentina is the birthplace of tango – catch a fiery show and dance at a milonga (traditional tango house).
- Sip your way through the beautiful vineyards of Mendoza, named one of the nine Great Wine Capitals in the world!
- Learn the secrets of Argentine cuisine with a cooking class at Zuccardi Winery in Maipu, Mendoza.
Famed for its steakhouses and Malbec, Argentina is a food lover’s dream come true. On this 6-night getaway, get to know two major cities while trying some of the best food and wine in the country!
Begin in the elegant capital of Buenos Aires, called the “Paris of South America.” Tour all of the city’s most famous landmarks and museums on an included tour, ending with a wine tasting. While you’re there, taste some of the finest beef on the planet in a parrilla (Argentine steakhouse) and watch the romance unfold before your eyes in a tango.
From Buenos Aires, fly to Mendoza at the foot of the Andes Mountains. This province is synonymous with wine and was named one of nine Great Wine Capitals. Visit several wineries in Lujan de Cuyo or Maipu with a guide and learn all about Mendoza’s wine (and taste some too). Cap off a delicious vacation with a cooking class at Zuccardi Winery!
Day 1. Welcome to Buenos Aires!
Say “hola” to Argentina! Arrive in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and the center of the political, economic and intellectual life of the country. Buenos Aires has a strong European influence which is reflected by its refined taste in cooking, its luxury boutiques and in the elegance of its inhabitants. Despite modern developments, Buenos Aires has managed to preserve old traditions and charming neighborhoods.
Upon arrival at your hotel, you will be gifted with a bottle of Argentine wine and a voucher for dinner at a local restaurant. The wining and dining starts now!
Transfer to Buenos Aires hotel
Day 2. Buenos Aires
Wake up to bustling Buenos Aires and enjoy a 5-hour tour of the city’s most famous landmarks and neighborhoods: Avendia de Mayo, San Temlo, Palermo, Recoleta, and Recoleta cemetery. Your tour concludes at the historic El Querandi tango house with a wine tasting.
You can’t visit Buenos Aires without eating at a parrilla, a traditional Argentine steakhouse. Argentina is famous for its red angus cattle which produces some of the tastiest steak on the planet.
Buenos Aires city tour with wine tasting at El Querandi tango house (5-hours)
Start your city tour in Buenos Aires with a drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world! Pass the Colon Theater, one of the world’s best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the “porteños” (as the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called). Visit the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into Plaza De Mayo, surrounded by Casa Rosada (Government House), Metropolitan Cathedral and Cabildo (the first City Hall built during Spanish rule).
At the other end of Avenida de Mayo, see if you can spot the cupola of the Congress building. Stop inside for a visit of the Metropolitan Cathedral, an imposing Neo-classical building that is Argentina´s main Catholic building. The mausoleum of José de San Martín (Argentina’s national hero) is located inside the cathedral, and Pope Francis used to celebrate religious services here when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires.
Continue to San Telmo, the oldest district in Buenos Aires. Stroll around Plaza Dorrego with its many antique shops (the plaza holds a well-known antique market on Sundays). Your next stop is La Boca, a colorful area with the famous Caminito street. Continue to north to Palermo, the green area of the city with its beautiful parks, City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track, National Polo Fields and artificial lakes.
Visit Recoleta, one of the city’s most glamorous neighborhoods with its elegant boutiques and restaurants, surrounded by centennial trees. The heart of Recoleta is the cemetery where some of the most famous Argentinians rest. The mausoleums and pantheons reflect the architectural diversity emerging from the different cultures of Argentina and is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina. Visit the grave of Eva Duarte, also known as Eva Perón (Evita).
The last stop of the tour takes you to El Querandi tango house, established in 1867. Founded as a bar in 1920 and restored in 1992, it is considered to be “a living testimony of Buenos Aires’ memory” by the Buenos Aires City Museum and was named a “Notable Bar” by the National Tourist Secretary. End the tour with a wine tasting of different Argentinian wines at La Cave – El Querandi.
Day 3. Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires could rival Paris in terms of its art scene. The National Museum of Fine Arts, Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA) and Tigre Art Museum are the most renowned museums to peruse some of Latin America’s finest art.
If art isn’t your preferred choice, head to Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens, one of the largest Japanese gardens outside Japan. This green oasis is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires.
In the evening, head for a stroll along Puente de la Mujer (Woman’s Bridge) in the Puerto Madero neighborhood. Then head out for a night of dining and tango!
Day 4. Buenos Aires – Mendoza
Today you will leave Buenos Aires and fly to Mendoza on the western edge of Argentina. Mendoza is home to rivers, valleys, canyons and the imposing Andes Mountains, with the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, the Aconcagua Mountain at 22,831 ft.
A green oasis in the middle of a desert, Mendoza is the land of sunshine and good wine. Several wineries have settled in the area and produce the famous Malbec grapes.
Transfer to Buenos Aires airport (EZE)
Fly to Mendoza!
Transfer to Mendoza hotel
Day 5. Mendoza
Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Mendoza’s famed wineries. As the fifth largest producer of wine in the world, Argentina is home to countless award-winning varietals including Malbec, Chardonnay and torrontés riojano. Enjoy a day of wine with the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Andes!
Wine tour in the Maipu or Lujan de Cuyo regions, with lunch (7-hours)
Visit one of the best wine areas in Argentina – Mendoza! Learn about the culture of the region and taste different wines as you travel to three wineries. In the morning, meet your guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.
Enjoy a wine tasting session, during which you familiarize yourself with the local wines. (Lunch will be included at a winery). Your guide will explain the technique of wine tasting, wine production, the importance of the cork and the correct way to hold a glass in order to taste wine.
Wineries at Lujan de Cuyo area could be:
- Catena Zapata
- Lagarde with lunch
- Luiggi Bosca
- Alta Vista
- Cavas de Weinert
- Belasco de Baquedano
- Finca Decero
Wineries at Maipu area could be:
- Zuccardi with lunch
- La Rural
- Vinas del Cerno
- Cavas de Don Arturo
Day 6. Mendoza
Today you will visit Zuccardi winery in the Maipu area for a special cooking class. Learn the secrets of Argentine cuisine and sit down to your homemade meal with a glass of Zuccardi wine, of course.
While in Mendoza, don’t miss out on a stroll through General San Martin Park and the lively nightlife along Avenue Arístides.
Cooking class with lunch at Zuccardi Winery (4-hours)
Fine cuisine goes hand-in-hand with fine wines, so this cooking class is the perfect way to combine the two. Held at one of the most renowned family-run wineries in Mendoza, this class is specially designed for those looking to learn the secrets of Argentine wine and food. You will learn how to use regional products in the cooking of traditional dishes with the help of professional chefs. After the class, sit down to your homemade lunch accompanied by Zuccardi’s award-winning wine.
Day 7. Depart Argentina
Your gastronomic tour of Argentina ends today. At the appropriate time, transfer to Mendoza airport for your flight home.
Transfer to Mendoza airport (MDZ)